April 19 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By April 19, 2019 Insight

1. Future Of Retail: How Brands Should Handle Automation In 2019

  • Retailers in general are pivoting to customer-obsessed, omnichannel experiences
  • Managing multiple chains of automation…will require new skills from employees
  • There is lots of value in disaggregating your knowledge of AI into actual, specific technologies — like machine learning or computer vision or sentiment analysis

2. Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth

  • almost one billion people globally lack any form of legally recognized identification
  • In our seven focus countries, extending full digital ID coverage could unlock economic value equivalent to 3 to 13 percent of GDP in 2030
  • In the emerging economies we examine, we find that basic digital ID alone could unlock 50 to 70 percent of the full economic potential

3. EY launches smart contract testing service for blockchain clients

  • designed to test and monitor tokens and contracts both prior to their release and once available on public blockchains
  • also allows for the development of customized token tests and continuous monitoring for changes
  • developed patent-pending simulation software that allows organizations to test token behavior against likely transaction scenarios using real data from the public Ethereum blockchain

4. Fortnite rules Q1 streaming hours

  • Fortnite players streamed more than 23.9 million hours of gameplay in the first quarter
  • Mixer is only trailing YouTube Live by 4 million hours, despite receiving 86% less viewership than YouTube this quarter
  • total hours of content streamed on Twitch has increased by 18% to 103 million in Q1, a 58% increase year over year

5. Scientists created a CRISPR tool that can wipe out longer pieces of DNA

  • new technique uses CRISPR-Cas3, whereas most of the work we’ve seen so far has been done with CRISPR-Cas9
  • tool uses a riboprotein complex known as Cascade to seek its target and an enzyme called Cas3 to shred the DNA
  • could allow scientists to determine which sections of DNA are most important for a particular disease